PEORIA, Ariz. – Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, and Josh Hamilton and Chris Davis also connected as the Texas Rangers scored eight times in the first six innings and cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
The Mariners had only five hits and lost outfielder Milton Bradley when he was ejected after disputing a called third strike in the third inning. After taking a called strike from Texas’ Scott Feldman for the second out, Bradley placed the bat down and stayed in the box until he was tossed by plate umpire Dan Bellino.
Feldman, who came in with an 8.31 ERA this spring, walked the first two hitters on eight pitches, but quickly found a groove – allowing three hits and striking out four over four innings.
Seattle scored its only run in the third inning when Jack Wilson doubled into the left-field corner off Feldman and scored on a single by Ichiro Suzuki.
Seattle starter Ian Snell struck out five batter over his four innings of work, but he allowed six hits, including home runs to Cruz and Hamilton.